why the arctic?
We're a nonprofit dedicated to restoring polar ice, starting with the Arctic. We’re targeting the Arctic (which acts as a global heat shield) as it’s warming at 2x the rate as the rest of the world.
Over the past four decades, the oldest, thickest ice in the region has declined by a devastating 95%. This ice loss accelerates global warming because more solar radiation is absorbed in the Arctic summer when there’s no bright ice to reflect it. Moreover, approximately 1/3 of global temperature rise has been attributed to ice loss in the Arctic.
Read the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2018 Arctic report card.
Our Climate Restoration Approach
We’ve spent the past decade developing and testing methods to use safe materials as a thin reflective layer on Arctic ice. Our mission has grown from slowing Arctic ice melt to actually restoring it - an ongoing climate modeling process in collaboration with Climformatics demonstrates this can be done. The aim remains to stabilize global climate and slow the devastating effects of climate change while giving the world much-needed time to implement long-term sustainable energy and conservation solutions.
Once dispersed in limited, strategic locations they can restore the Arctic's natural heat shield, rebuild its wildlife habitats, and help stabilize global climate in the region.
First do no harm
Our materials are kind by design; they are 100% safe for humans, animals, aquatic life, and ecosystems.
This environmentally benign material (hollow glass, which is primarily silica) is one of the most common materials on earth. We would never use a material that proves harmful. Learn more about our material.
WHY IT’S URGENT
WHY IT’S URGENT
The changes that are happening in the Arctic don’t just affect that region but have rippling effects worldwide. Arctic sea ice used to act as a huge white reflector at the top of the planet, bouncing much of the sun's energy back into space, helping keep the Earth at an even temperature. The most reflective type of ice in the Arctic—multiyear ice that survives arctic summers—has melted with shocking speed over the last few decades as the poles warm even faster than the rest of the planet.
The more ice we can retain in the Arctic, the less drastic effects we’ll experience of climate change, such as:
Increased extreme weather
Sea level rise
Loss of up to 40% of species including polar bears, caribou and wild reindeer
By reducing Arctic warming, we’ll give the world more time to implement sustainable solutions like renewable energy, electric transport, reforestation, and conservation.